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How Does Jean Rhys Create a Sense Of0 Foreboding in Wide Sargasso Sea Essay

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  • on November 18, 2013
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How does Jean Rhys create a sense of foreboding in Part One of Wide Sargasso Sea?
Throughout the novel Rhys foreshadows Antoinette’s eventual decision to kill herself by creating a sense of unease and discomfort which climaxes in her suicide.
One of the first instances that a sense of foreboding is suggested early in part one when Antoinette who narrates this section tells us how Mr Luttrell becomes so depressed and disillusioned with the state of affairs in post-colonial Jamaica he kills his dog and himself. Possibly due to the innocent tone that Rhys creates through Antoinette’s narrative, the actual suicide is rather understated. We are not explicitly told that Mr Luttrell, a character who represents the last social connection the family have, actually ends his life but instead it is strongly implied by the simplified and to an extent childlike way in which Antoinette says that ‘he swam out to sea and was gone for always’. At this time suicide was still more taboo than now and the way in which Antoinette mentions it is suggestive of what either her mother or the person who explained Mr Luttrell’s disappearance   might have said while in a euphemistic fashion as not to disturb the young girl. This death leaves the family alone and comes as the first of numerous deaths which combine to create an atmosphere of threat. The second death is that of their horse which they suspect is poisoned. This act of murder not only serves to further isolate them but also embodies the threat which Annette later says she felt when she was at Coulibri before Mr Mason came. The poisoning may also be intended to fore shadow the poisoning of Antoinette’s mind which culminates in her suicide or possibly the deterioration in Pierre’s health. Pierre’s illness could also be symbolic of the events to come and the seemingly serious decline in health that he experiences is also hugely foreboding. It becomes amplified by the way in which Annette becomes more distant and cold towards...

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